Michigan resident Doug Wright received lifesaving lungs just six months ago in November of 2021. This year, he will participate in the American Lung Association in Michigan’s Fight For Air Climb at Comerica Park on May 1, 2022. This will be his fourth consecutive time he’s participating in the event.
“In 2014, I was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. I was prescribed oxygen for exertion, and in 2019, 2020, and 2021, I used oxygen for the stair climb, as my lung function had fallen to 43% of expected. But each time, I finished,” said Wright.
He is passionate about raising awareness about lung disease and research funding to help find a cure.
“Transplants and other treatments for lung diseases simply do not happen without the necessary research up front. Fundraisers like the Climb make a huge difference in the lives of lung disease patients when that research results in a cure. So, every dollar I raise moves us forward in our fight for healthy lungs and clean air,” said Wright.
He will join thousands of other climbers from across Michigan who will also raise awareness and funding to help end lung disease through research, education and advocacy. Participants climb as individuals, with friends and family, corporate teams and first responder teams, including a Firefighter Challenge. Though Wright says he just plans to finish.
“I won't be breaking any records, but I will finish again, and maybe a bit higher in the standings,” he said.
Local Signature Event Sponsors include: Michigan Legacy Credit Union, Pulmonx, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Ernst & Young LLP, Genentech, and Preferred Financial Partners.
For those who can’t attend the event, the Lung Association is also offering a “Climb Your Way” option.
The Lung Association is committed to the health and safety of its participants and volunteers. The organization will continue to closely monitor public health conditions and CDC guidelines for COVID-19. Everyone is encouraged to check the Climb website for the most updated information leading up to the event.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.